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China takes surveillance to new level with drone birds

2018-06-25 10:38 by
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China has added new tools to its increasingly sophisticated surveillance apparatus - sneaky bird-like drones that spy on people.

The program, codenamed "Dove," is currently surveilling at least five Chinese provinces, with a majority of the focus being on the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region, which shares borders with five countries — Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Unlike an average drone, these particular machines are designed to fly by simulating the flight of a small bird — at least in appearance. They look like birds, have a wingspan of about 50 centimetres and can fly at speeds of up to 40km/h, according to the report.

"The scale is still small," Yang Wenqing, an associate professor at China's Northwestern Polytechnical University and a member of the team behind "Dove" program, told SCMP. “We believe the technology has good potential for large-scale use in the future... it has some unique advantages to meet the demand for drones in the military and civilian sectors."

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